Book Review: Running- a love story

If you started running when you were a kid or started in your mid 40’s like me, we all have a love story to share.  Running means different things to everyone.  I enjoy the time to myself, just the pavement ahead and the thoughts in my head.  I also love running with friends and that is really how my story started.  I am joining Wendy with this month’s book club selection and review of Running- a love story by Jen A. Miller.runninglovestory

Jen A. Miller is an award-winning freelance journalist with articles in Runner’s World, The New York Times and Allure.  I was excited to start reading but that excitement quickly faded!  Don’t get me wrong, it is an easy read I just had a hard time keeping with it.
“Running, A Love Story is a frank and sometimes gritty look inside Jen Miller’s heart. She speaks for a lot of us as she reveals her self-doubts, and then finds the confidence to quiet them through running. How running does that to us is, like love, very simple yet totally mysterious. But here’s the bottom line: It works for everyone.”—Kathrine Switzer, Author of Marathon Woman, First Woman to Officially Run the Boston Marathon and Leader of the 261 Fearless Movement. Led the drive to get the women’s marathon into the Olympic Games, Winner of the 1974 New York City Marathon

I agree with Kathrine Switzer and running is for everyone.  Jen starts the book with the fact that running was not love at first sight.  She basically got into it as an opportunity for a freelance story and the slow love story went from there.  The beginning of each chapter starts with the New Jersey Marathon recap.  The chapter then continues with her day-to-day life.  The part that was hard to read was the continued bad relationships she fell into and stayed in.  The constant emotional up and down of one bad, destructive relationship after another quickly bored me.  I did enjoy reading about the different training approaches she used as she continued to train and run.  Running was her saving grace and sometimes from herself.

Running was her path to empowerment but their were points I just wanted to shake my head and say, seriously?  The story did end with her finishing her big marathon, the New Jersey marathon, in her hometown.  Kudos to her family for always hanging in there with her thru her many ups and downs.  I wanted to love the story but like Wendy said, it would have been a DNF if I had not gone to the trouble of getting the book for the book club.  Jen did seem to be in a good place at the end of the story which I was happy to read.

Did you read the book?  Have you joined in any of the reviews for the book club?  June’s book should be delivered today!  tutus_mb-01bookclub


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  1. Thanks for your review! I too was frustrated by her inability to break the bad relationship pattern! Hopefully next month’s book will be better.

    Thanks for linking up!
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  2. Thanks for the honest review. Sounds like this one won’t be for me as I think I too would get frustrated with her.
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  3. I have never heard of this book. But I can see how it may have gotten a bit redundant reading relationship after relationship. But sounds like it would be a good one to read.
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  4. I don’t know why, but I’ve never heard of this book until now.
    I’m going to have to see if my library has it, sounds like something I would really enjoy,. Well to be honest you had me at a running love story, LOL
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  5. jill conyers says:

    Thanks for the review Mary Beth. This won’t be going on my summer reading list.
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  6. I was really good about the book club the first few weeks and then I fell off the wagon. Oops! Looks like I skipped a good one. Hope to get back on track
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  7. I just love the title. Running changed my world too :-))
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  8. Coco says:

    Interesting that you and Wendy both felt the same way. I think in reality it is common for people to fall into the same self-destructive patterns but it’s easy for us to spot in print!
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I am a wife, mother, stepmother, working healthcare financial professional and a 5K enthusiast! I love to travel, try new products, meet new friends, eat great food and drink great wine! Why not run around the world in my tutu and tennies?
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